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O'Reilly Network: Linux in a Multivendor Environment

Jul 08, 2000, 12:49 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David HM Spector)

"In the first few articles in this series, I talked about strategies for getting Linux into your organization and covered areas where it's possible to work Linux in your enterprise as a stand-alone entity, such as a network sniffer or as a web server. However, one of Linux's strongest suits is as an "interoperability agent" that can allow a company to support multiple platforms, such as Windows, Unix systems, NetWare, and Apple Macintoshes painlessly from one central server."

"How does this happen?"

"One of the most interesting aspects of Linux development is that, apart from the kernel itself, there has been no grand plan governing the evolution of the overall system. In true open source fashion, the various kinds of applications and non-kernel services available for Linux have developed directly in response to the needs of the user community. This is true in the *BSD world too, but Linux advocates have raised it to an artform, as can be seen in the offerings available at the open source software site Freshmeat.net or at the open source collaborative development nexus, SourceForge.Net, both of which are owned by VA Linux Systems."

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